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2013 Mayor's Awards

Universal Design in Architecture


Peter Mittal Home - Architect: Ron Wickman
Peter’s original home was a corner split home with a 3 car garage. With changes comes an accessible suite built over the garage which is visit able, an elevator, two washrooms with curb less showers, an accessible kitchen with lower counters, open underneath the sink and cooktop with a wall oven, lower light switches and higher electrical outlets as well as higher baseboards to protect the walls. Peter commented that he built the home with the idea that his aging parents could move into the accessible suite and he and his family could live in the main house. Thinking into the future, Peter even thought that he could live in the accessible suite and his grown daughters live in the main house.


Edmonton International Airport - Architect: Stantec
Since 2011 – EIA has been expanding the 463,000 sq. ft. terminal, this being a 50% increase. The airports Barrier Free Committee revised the area before, during and after construction to ensure codes were met or exceeded. The new space includes new retail outlets, new seating options, children’s play areas and art installations. There are 3 new free TTY modems that have been installed. There is also new brighter consistent matte signage, larger and more accessible washrooms and six moving sidewalks. A new public address system is available with future capability for text messaging. The expansion created larger spaces with better acoustics and brighter areas. EIA caters to all people of all abilities. The new expansion created space that is needed to be comfortable, accessible and provides a great ambience for all customers.
Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre - Architect: Kasian Architect and MJM
Commonwealth reopened on March 13, 2012, this 220,000 square foot facility designed by HIP Architects (now part of Kaisan Architecture Interior Design and Planning) and MJM Architects, was a retrofit and expansion of the original Commonwealth Fitness Centre that was located on the same site. This facility is an all-inclusive centre that offers a wide range of recreational, fitness, wellness and social experiences in both casual and structured capacities. Users of all ability levels are able to enjoy aquatics, artificial turf sports, batting-cage practice, gym work, fitness classes, and indoor track and community events all under one roof.

Residential or Non-residential Facility Specifically Designed for Persons with Disabilities

Valour Place - Architect: William H. Ross
Valour place is a new “ground up” facility intended as a temporary home-away from home for all Canadian Forces members, Families of the Fallen, Veterans and RCMP along with their extended families who require medical treatment in Edmonton. Through Valour Place, they now have the means to face the challenges inherent in their road to rehabilitation in a warm, welcoming and supportive environment. Valour Place is a barrier-free facility that features 12-bedrooms all the comforts of home, including a spacious kitchen, dining room, living room and recreation room. This 9,305.96-square foot facility is the first of its kind in Canada. Universal Design principals were at the forefront of all design considerations. While the building meets or exceeds all barrier-free requirements to ensure ease of mobility, the overall design sensibility evokes the principles of a beautiful, single-family residential home rather than a typical institutional approach to rehabilitation.
Kaye Edmonton Clinic - Architect: Dialog and RTKL
Unique to Alberta, the Kaye Edmonton Clinic provides coordinated diagnostic and specialist ambulatory services to patients and their families in a fully integrated facility. Patients will benefit from seamless, outpatient clinical care and streamline access to specialized services and specialists. The Kaye Edmonton Clinic is a partnership between Alberta Health Services and the University of Alberta, providing unprecedented educational and research opportunities to learn and practice in interdisciplinary teams.


Paid Employment

Excel Society
The Excel Society is a non-profit organization that encourages persons with disabilities to achieve personal and community-based goals, while promoting their potential for independent living and community-based employment. The City of Edmonton partnered with the Excel Society for an “Abilities in Action” Employment Experience Program in an effort to increase workforce diversification in the Edmonton Area. Fleet Services Branch staff involved in this program was enriched by the interaction, gained better understanding, and perspective of the challenges facing employees with disability issues in the workplace, as well as learning about the contributions these workers can make. Through the success of this program, the Fleet Services Branch intends to explore the expansion of the program to include another cleaning crew at our Westwood Transit Garage in the near future.
Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
The mission of the CPAA is to assist in creating a life without limits for persons with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. This includes recognizing that everyone has abilities, and should not be discounted for paid employment based on their disabilities, but hired based on ability and potential. The organizations try to make every accommodation possible: whether it involves shortening work days or weeks, to accommodate extra-curricular activities, recognizing differences in stamina, appointments and other requirements, arranging the environment to accommodate work space for wheelchairs, or trying to provide equipment such as magnifies, to ensure that all employees can be successful in their positions. AT the CPAA, everyone is accepted and everyone is encouraged to participate in all events. There is no distinction between employees or volunteers with or without disabilities; they learn, grow and succeed as a team.

Volunteer Positions

No nominations received for 2013

Outstanding Service

David Gomme – E & E Kennels
David Gomme offers dog training: basic, advanced and utility obedience, personal protection, attack and police K9, tracking, security and support dog services to the Edmonton Police Services RCMP, the general public and abroad. David provides dog service training out of the kindness of his heart. He continually has to improvise: meeting at private residences, providing short sessions (problems with concentration), and finding other ways to continually break barriers down. He goes beyond normal training, continuing with certain enhancing connections between dogs and owners. David assisted many people to reconnect with the outside world and enriches lives.
SHAW TV Edmonton
Shaw TV Edmonton approached the City of Edmonton with an offer of publicity and event support to raise the profile of the good work being done to build a more inclusive, accessible city, and in particular the efforts of the Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities (ABSPD). A primary goal of the ABSPD is to raise awareness among Edmontonians about the issues faced by people with disabilities. Shaw TV Edmonton has shown their true colours as a community partner with genuine concern for improving the quality of life for all Edmontonians. Shaw TV is a leader in community broadcasting in Edmonton and surpasses any other local media outlet in this area. By seeking out stories about people who make a difference and by showcasing the diversity of our city, Shaw TV Edmonton helps Edmontonians understand that we are all richer when we are given opportunities to share our gifts.

Ewen Nelson Award for Self Advocacy

Michael Willier
Michael demonstrates self-advocacy by sharing his issues and needs with the community. His physical condition is a springboard for discussion and advocacy opportunities. He attends meetings to ensure that he has accessibility and services to assist him in being engaged. Michael’s self advocacy mission has impacted many people with disabilities as he is a role model who ensures there are opportunities for people with disabilities. He has clearly taken his challenges and found purpose in helping people with disabilities become active in the community. Michaels work is impacting many organizations within the Aboriginal Disability Association. He has influenced a positive change of perspectives of people with disabilities in the community and impacting priorities. This work will eventually feed into larger frameworks that help support individuals, families and friends impacts for change.
Robert F. Lupul
Robert has a grassroots approach to helping people with disabilities understand when it is time for action. He admits that he prefers highlighting the assets people with disabilities have than rallying for better services for them. This leads to support actions to bring awareness to his community and not just for people with disabilities. Robert promotes participation in community events within his circle of peers with disabilities, which has a large breadth. He encourages them to not let their disabilities get in the way of enjoying a full life. He shares his excitement in volunteering and participating. Robert is an active community capacity builder and through his actions, he shows the community that people with disabilities have a purpose and value within it.

2013 Nominees

Outstanding Service

Chrysalis: Therapeutic Art Outreach Program
iDance Edmonton
Linda Turner (Health Care Aid)
Diane David (Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association)

Universal Design - Non Residential

Walterdale Theatre Associates

Universal Design - Designed for Persons with Disabilities

Celebration Homes Inc.

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